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Artist Point-Point Sublime Trail

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Length

1.3 Miles 2.2 Kilometers


Elevation

410' 125 m

Ascent

-247' -75 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

7,897' 2,407 m

High

7,673' 2,339 m

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A secluded trail renowned for its sensational canyon colors.

Tom Carter

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Features: River/Creek — Views [Add/Remove]
Dogs: No Dogs

Description [Suggest Changes]

To reach Sublime Point, follow the main trail to Artist Point, but continue straight ahead where the trail to the point veers to the left and descends the stairs. Shortly after, the trail leaves the paved path and becomes a singletrack trail. You'll have company on the first 0.6 miles of this trail. After that, a steep 200-foot climb discourages all but serious hikers.

Approximately 0.6 miles beyond Artist Point, the trail to Ribbon Lake is passed. To reach Sublime Point continue straight along the rim trail another 0.7 miles to the trail's end. Here the colors fade and the trees begin to take over the canyon, but the canyon is deeper and stands well over 1,000 feet above the river.

Although it affords no views of the falls, this section of the rim trail is renowned for its sensational display of colors -- deep oranges and reds, pastel pinks and yellows. Hundreds of thousands of years before the canyon was formed, there existed here an ancient thermal basin. Geothermal springs weakened the rock and allowed this canyon to be cut. These springs are also responsible for the beautiful multi-hued rocks. The hot water dissolved subterranean minerals and brought them to the surface and chemically altered rhyolite lava into bright colors.

Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.

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Sep 26, 2017
Tracy Dunn
Aug 26, 2017
Kate Vanderpool
Ranger led tour: described forest, canyon geology & formation, Yellowstone river 1mi
Aug 6, 2017
Erik Supertramp
Jul 18, 2017
Robert De Rose
Several good overlooks
Jun 28, 2017
Erin Smyth
Jun 26, 2017
Shirley Xie
Jun 19, 2017
Yi Chen
0.7mi
Jun 18, 2017
Silvestre Rincon

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